FC Bayern München already have one hand on the Bundesliga title, and another reaching out for the DFB Cup. With just one hurdle to clear to reach the final of the UEFA Champions League, it promises to be another successful season for the record champions, who are grinding out results in ominous fashion.
Heading into the final weeks of the season, FC Bayern München remain bang on course to repeat their historic treble success of 2013. A 2-0 home victory over Werder Bremen earned Bayern their ticket to Berlin for a domestic cup final showdown with Borussia Dortmund.
And if, not for the first time recently, it was the product of what, by the measure of a well-oiled Pep Guardiola team, was a somewhat laboured performance, players and coach alike can certainly live with that at the moment. "We've played better, for sure," two-goal matchwinner Thomas Müller conceded, but, "we got the job done, we're through."
Keeper Manuel Neuer, fresh from penning a contract extension through to 2021, struck a similar note, saying, "We're still in every competition and have a real chance of winning a lot this season." Guardiola himself – not best-pleased with his charges a few days before, despite their ultimately comprehensive 3-0 win against FC Schalke 04 – said he was “happy, of course, to be getting another crack at this great final in Berlin."
Not least because "the players have given me the opportunity to work a week longer with them."The outgoing head coach will thus definitely be kept busy until May 21. Whether his tour of active duty extends a further week beyond that depends on how Bayern fare against Atlético Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League. First up is a trip to the Spanish capital on April 27, with the conquerors of title-holders FC Barcelona due in Munich for the return on May 3. The treble remains very much on for Bayern; to clinch it, they will likely need to shift up a gear or two from some of their recent showings, but Guardiola and his troops know that better than anyone.